Council refutes Huskisson developer claims
May 23, 2012
Shoalhaven City Council has refuted a number of recent statements made in the media by a South Coast land developer.
The claims, made by Huskisson land owner Wayne Meani, relate to the development of a Fegan Street land parcel. Mr Meani has expressed concerns relating to alleged development restrictions in Huskisson.
Council has just undertaken a long and comprehensive planning exercise in order to establish appropriate development guidelines for Huskisson as part of DCP99.
As part of the process, expert urban design consultants led a review that involved a number of specially convened workshops open to both landowners and other community members.
Following representations from land owners, additional specialist consultants were also engaged to peer review the initial report and examine the financial viability of the proposed controls.
Shoalhaven City Council Development Manager, Robert Russell said that once completed, DCP99 will provide further certainty to Huskisson developers while also taking into account the views of the local community.
“Council has undertaken an extremely thorough and comprehensive planning and review exercise in getting draft DCP99 to a point where it is ready to go to the June Ordinary Meeting,” said Mr Russell.
“As part of this, Council has engaged at length with members of the community, land owners, specialist independent consultants and developers to ensure the finished document is representative of the area’s needs going forward.
“As part of this process, Council received strong representations from the local community concerning potential inappropriate development in Huskisson, specifically in the area surrounding Fegan Street where Mr Meani owns property.”
“Mr Meani, who is yet to lodge a development application for his property, has expressed a number of concerns regarding development restrictions relating to this site through his comments in the media.”
“These concerns will be considered by Council, along with the views of the local community, when they finalise the draft DCP99 in the coming months.”
The draft Development Control Plan is expected to go before the June Ordinary Council Meeting.